Last weekend, I worked at the St. Paul Art Crawl in Lowertown. This is my second vendor event as a tarot reader and my first as an artist.
When I got home yesterday, after helping tear down the shop, I was so spent that I just heaved everything into the middle of the living room floor and left it. As I write, I am surrounded by the tools and materials I’d brought in anticipation of my vending experience. Continue reading Art Crawl Coolness
From this pile of fabric and brick-a-brack to Petit Four (or Bon Bon, some say).
Our krewe theme; Just Desserts. Weather was the same as last year, 35 Fahrenheit and windy, so that cool, sparkly bodice was replaced with a sweater and lace top. Continue reading New Orleans, Mardi Gras week
Being late on my posting was difficult to handle. I had an eye on the deadline as it loomed. I tried not to fret, figuring if I worked steadily I might just be able to catch up by Thursday morning. Nope, instead I learned another lesson about planning for the recoup-ment of energy as well as the use of it. Continue reading Big Week
Hey, I have a newsletter. I’ve also set up an Etsy shop. I’m excited to sell my wares.
Continue reading News and Merch is Here
So many new things this month. The image to the right is my view while I write.
You know all that stuff I wrote in October about not being that good at designing web pages? Well, heh, I’ve got a couple web clients and one of them needs a redesign of their look and feel. I’ll be working from existing artwork and I’m feeling pretty good about that, so I think I’m well placed to give it another go. I’ve found myself some good design resources, a cool mentor and a few neat Meet-Up groups.
Web dev business started – Check. Continue reading Station Report
My month of career assessment in October was fruitful.
When I started out on this road adventure, lo six years ago, I supported my farming travels in part with work as a freelance web designer. When I lost my test machine I was happy for the extra space made by its leaving. In that time, I enjoyed a small stream of steady clients and as they dwindled away I replaced online work with odd jobs. Continue reading Function Sometimes Follows Form
Whew, what a whirlwind these last seven-ish weeks have been. I’m right back in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, and gearing up for some creative expansion. I’ve just started a two week series of informational interviews with friends and strangers; thriving professionals in their field involving art, teaching, writing, and entrepreneurial practices.
I am giddy, and a little nervous, about this new venture. Looking forward to building a business practice that somehow involves creative process and product. Until I’ve gotten through the interviews, I’m not exactly sure what I’m in for or how long it will take.
I think that means the quantity of time I’m spending in Minnesota will be racked up in the ‘unknown’ category. The quality will rock. Friends and family abound. I’m being hosted this month by a dear couple, at the always awesome D&D B&B, and I’m sure good times will be spent working in their beautiful yard, hanging out around the fire in quiet conversation, and putting some puzzles together. Other than that, it will be nose to the grindstone.
Hope your autumn will be colorful and your harvest is rich in love and friendship.
More pruning and shaping of my creative career tree.
As much fun as I have making things. And, as much as I love every aspect of selling at art fairs from set up to tear down, my passion doesn’t boil enough for the carting and storing of large amounts of product. I like my life of few things, though I’d like to find a way to do some art shows all the same. I guess this one will sit on the back burner for now.
Continue reading Leaves and Fruit
Well, with the weather being so cold, the soil isn’t warming up enough to get seeds started on their germination. Even the kale won’t peek out. Which means I get to spend more time on creative endeavors.
I’ve been drawing a bit and working on my Mardi Gras costume, though I’ve been finding it difficult to get far along on my design. Continue reading Cold Soil, Frozen Ideas
In addition to the urban farming thing, I picked up a small gig sewing costumes for this talented friend of mine, Miss Laura. Awesome good fun and, when I’m not working on her stuff I get access to a great creative space to make art and costumes for my own.
I love Miss Laura’s house. It’s a wonderful space which she joyfully decorates in warm colors and comfortable furnishings. Continue reading Sewing Colors